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the northern ireland secretary, james brokenshire, has said that if the current political deadlock continues at stormont, he will have to step in and pass a budget at westminster. the devolved government collapsed injanuary primarily over a botched green energy scheme. mr brokenshire says a deal between the dup and sinn fein remains ”achieveable” but that pressures on public services are becoming evident. earlier today i spoke to all of the main political parties here in northern ireland. i have continued to urge them to find a way forward to restore an executive. devolved government in northern ireland is in the best interest of everyone. the key policy and budgetary decisions need to be taken by locally elected and locally accountable politicians. all party leaders have made clear that they agree that there is a need for an executive to be formed to make key decisions for the benefits of all of the people of northern ireland. now is the time to give effect to this desire. through political
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leadership on all sides. to better understanding the issues from others' perspectives, and to see where the space for resolution exists. this means direct and honest dialogue between the parties to reach resolutions without a running commentary. for this reason, i am keen the parties are given a structured space within which to engage with one another and address their differences in a free and frank way. while the uk government has responsibilities, and will support the parties to reach agreement, fundamentally it is for them to establish where the space for resolution lies and how best to achieve this. that's the northern ireland
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secretary, let's talk to chris buckler, our northern ireland's correspondent. how close is the government to stepping in? the problem for them is that really, something ‘s got to be done soon. it's worth putting it in context. there's been no power—sharing executive here since january and the government is limping along. civil serva nts government is limping along. civil servants are doing some business but they cannot make any decisions which has a real impact on budgets and public services, especially the health service. that is causing some public concern, maybe even some public concern, maybe even some public anger. while the dup want to get back into government with each other, mainly over the deadlock, there does not seem to be a practical way out of it, because the dup and sinn fein do not agree on these issues. this key issue is from sinn fein, the call for an irish
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language act to give it an official status. the union are deeply against it and status. the union are deeply against itand sinn status. the union are deeply against it and sinn fein sevigny to go back into government. the two parties have moved and last week the dup put forward the proposal that they will get into a power—sharing government and set a time limit for dealing with external issues which they can deal with in a parallel process. the reality is, sinn fein are not doing that and they want the issues addressed now otherwise they are not doing business with you. in the middle of this, james brokenshire is stuck in the middle and he accepts that the window to deal with this is closing. practically, he needs to act by the autumn otherwise there will be problems for budgets and the government here. thank you. downing street says the prime minister is ready to increase the pace of brexit negotiations, suggesting they should be continuous rather than for one week every month. mps will begin debating draft
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legislation on withdrawing from the european union later this week. the so—called repeal bill, which is seen as a key plank of the government's brexit policy, transfers eu law into uk legislation. the chancellor, phillip hammond warned off backbenchers, and expressed confidence in the government's vision of the uk‘s role post—brexit. i would say that now was not the time to disrupt this piece of enabling legislation. we are making progress in our discussions with the eu, and we are mapping out the cause for britain's future. i am confident we will be able to achieve the kinds of strategic partnership that we wa nt of strategic partnership that we want with the eu, as an independent country post brexit in 2019. that was philip hammond. shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell said was philip hammond. shadow chancellor john mcdonnell said that he was concerned about giving the government a blank cheque... we respect the referendum and we are going to make sure that the decision made in that
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referendum is implemented, but we can't allow the government a free hand. keir starmer said they can't have a blank cheque. we have been waiting for this legislation, but we are finding that... this government says they are going to take control back from brussels, but they are not giving it back to the people, they are giving it to themselves and we can't allow that to happen. john mcdonnell there. chris mason, oui’ john mcdonnell there. chris mason, our political correspondence is at westminster. ahead of that interesting debate? good evening, there is the sense that brexit conversation and debate and disagreement is ratcheting up this week. firstly, tomorrow, david davis, the brexit secretary faces questions in the house of commons on the first day back for nps questions in the house of commons on the first day back for mps and peers in the autumn term. the eu withdrawal bill, the central piece of legislation that is needed to
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make the process of brexit legal and untidy legislation that took us into the eu economic communities, that was in 1972, that act, the unpicking of it, that is what the eu withdrawal bill is all about. it will dominate parliament for months to come and we will see opposition parties, the —— there will not be any parties, the —— there will not be a ny votes parties, the —— there will not be any votes this week, they are in one week's time. at the start of next week. very quickly, it will disappear again. week. very quickly, it will disappearagain. conference week. very quickly, it will disappear again. conference season beckons, one week left before the conference season. as beckons, one week left before the conference season. as you were touching on at the start of the conversation on all things brexit, they are pushing for a quickening on
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they are pushing for a quickening on the pace of things regarding brussels. michel barnier offered that as an option last week, so i think that we can expect that will happen as we head into some pretty crunch and crucial negotiations between the eu and the uk as the autumn unfolds. chris mason there, thank you. time for a look at the weather... louise lear is on the balcony... hello, it's a deteriorating story through the week. a chance to enjoy some brightness, it was limited but in the west midlands we saw highs of 24 in the west midlands we saw highs of 2a degrees, in the mid—70s. some cloud and rain further north, that weakened, some brightness in the south, and in the midlands and in the south coast. the rain will begin to pep up in northern ireland and into the scottish borders eventually. it will be murky here with coastal mist as well. to be
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south of that, it stays mild and to the north it is fresher but it will bea the north it is fresher but it will be a muggy start to our tuesday. cloud and rain pushes eastwards, it wea ke ns a cloud and rain pushes eastwards, it weakens a little. bright and fresh conditions in northern ireland, scattered showers of 14—18d. with brightness, highs of 21 degrees and any rain will be the odd spot during daylight hours in eastern england. there's weather fronts clearing into the north sea, and some slightly fresher air. a noticeable difference to the weather. bright with sunny spells coming through. top temperatures of 16—19d. moving out of wednesday, we should keep dry weather in england and wales. wet and windy conditions show their hand into scotland and northern ireland. top temperatures at 15—20d and by thursday, that area of low pressure ta kes wet thursday, that area of low pressure takes wet and windy weather across
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the country and it sits there on friday. we could see more significant rain across england and wales, it stays breezy with isobars squeezing together which will drive in plenty of showers into the north and west. look at these temperatures of 13-18d. and west. look at these temperatures of 13—18d. that's the theme moving into the weekend. it stays windy, blustery showers and for the early half of september it will feel cool if you are out and about, i'm afraid. if you are following the atla ntic afraid. if you are following the atlantic developments regarding the hurricane, it looks like hurricane earner, currently a category three, could shrink into a category four. as she pushes across warm waters towards the caribbean. she is likely towards the caribbean. she is likely to make landfall through the leeward isles on wednesday. we will keep you up—to—date on the developments over the next few days... this is bbc news. i'm ben brown.
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